Because I’m here to serve you, today I offer you a plethora of help-sites and advice for surviving extreme accidents.
Surviving a Plane Crash: Sit in the Back Common wisdom dictates that if your plane starts plummeting to earth, it doesn’t matter where you’re sitting—you’re gonna be incinerated, smashed to bits, fully submerged in the ocean, perhaps eaten by sharks or crocodiles. In fact, a study of recent plane crashes suggests a high rate of survivability, as Tim Jepsen explains … Read more
I was given to believe that my employer, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, would do its best to ride out the recession with its staff intact. After all, MIT’s human resources page make the argument that “MIT is a great place to work.” Today, though, I received the news from a colleague working in a different department of MIT that a dozen of her coworkers had received layoff notices. These layoffs came after a department-wide meeting announcing that cuts … Read more
There he goes consistently stoic and lean, unsinging there he goes stricken and fluid and strung so tight each line springs from his face and down to the floor sings gently down his face to the floor. Now he’s protecting beauty like it’s thighs spread taut against the wall, now the wall dissolves into thighs. He respects sidewalks and copyright law, he leans like a chimney. Now he runs for mayor of some town that has no need: Our man… Read more
I don’t want to aggrandize a hobby, and I certainly don’t want to turn odiously philosophical about it. But I do so love to crochet.
Part of the attraction is the act of making something out of nothing: To crochet means to pick up mechanically and perfectly ordered skeins of yarn, unwind them, and remake them into something perfectly ordered in a completely different way. Watching this happen, and knowing it came from the work of my two hands, is … Read more
This just in: In reaction to protests by its members, Facebook has reversed course on its revised terms of service agreement, returning to the prior terms of service and thereby giving up the ghost on retaining rights to user-posted material even after someone has canceled membership to the site.
According to recent measurements, Facebook now has more than 175 million members and is growing by an average of 600,000 new members per day. As marketing analyst Justin Smith points out, “if Facebook were a country, it would now be the 6th most populous in the world.”
Now that we’re country-sized, we should really think about getting a flag and an anthem. And we should seriously consider regulating the recent trend of Facebook members posting self-absorbed notes describing … Read more
I just found out about American Renaissance Magazine, a disgusting neo-conservative platform for justifying loathsomely cretinous attitudes toward race clearinghouse for neo-conservative articles that support white supremacist beliefs. I’m finding it impossible, actually, to describe this site in a way that could be remotely considered unbiased, so I’ll just let it speak for itself:
This is one of my favorite quotes in the universe:
“There won’t be schools in the future…. I think the computer will blow up the school. That is, the school defined as something where there are classes, teachers running exams, people structured in groups by age, following a curriculum– all of that. The whole system is based on a set of structural concepts that are incompatible with the presence of the computer… But this will happen only in communities of